Jul 30, 2011

Summer... so far!

You know, I would never complain about the holidays that teachers get.  Two months in the summer is amazing.  And even more amazing is the fact that this year I get to holiday along with Mark and Avery!!!  This is the first time that we are all off for the entire summer.  The uncertainty of my position in the fall aside, I am absolutely loving it!!!!  So in a way I feel a bit timid in saying: it is all slipping away too fast!  We are at the halfway mark and I don't know if there is enough time to get it all done!!!!  Last summer we embarked on a crazy reno train that saw a total overhaul of our house.  Kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, fireplace, painting... everything!  In the end there was not enough time and we have been without baseboards and backsplashes for the past year.  Soooo... the great renovation of 2010 has been carried forward to 2011.  Starting with tiling in the bathrooms and kitchens.  We still need to grout and find mirrors:

We took a little break from all that fun and headed out to Kelowna for a week.  We started off with a family reunion.  We enjoyed perfect weather that weekend and had a great time reconnecting with the Beutler branch of Mark's family.  

We took in some winery tours.  The small family owned wineries rocked!  The crowds were somewhere else, the staff at the tasting bars were actually enjoying themselves and the wine was delicious.  Of course we brought home a few bottles of our favourites.

Avery was naturally not all that interested in the wine, but she did love taking photos!  We have reams of her pictures and it was fascinating to see what captured her attention.

 She totally was playing director for this photo:

After the weekend, the weather was not Kelowna's best, but that didn't deter Avery from splashing about.  We were not brave enough to join her in the water, but we did enjoy a lovely bike ride along Lake Okanagan.

We went to downtown Kelowna for a walkabout, which included ice cream at Moolick's and wandering through an art gallery.  One man's laundry pile is another man's art:

The cooler weather was perfect for bike rides and we had a lovely time biking along Mission creek to Mission park where we stopped for a while.

And an evening stroll along the water's edge.  It was so calm and beautiful.

Lucky for us, cherries ripened the day before we were to head home, so we got to harvest our own cherries from Grandma and Grandpa's tree.  We made a backyard party of the day:

On our way back to Alberta we stopped for a few adventures and had fun posting pictures on facebook along the way titled "where in the world are we now?"  Just to change things up we took a new route home through the Icefield's parkway and the cowboy trail:

We have spent the last few weeks at home with Avery in swim lessons and us busy putting up baseboards and capping on the stairs.  You know, baseboards are a slow-moving pain to install but they sure do make a difference!  The stairs are starting to look like real stairs again!!  And I have to say how proud we are of Avery.  Although she loves swimming and playing in the water, she very much wants it to be on her own terms.  She does not like putting her face in the water, freaks out when she can't feel the bottom and is very tense about floating etc and so usually needs a few takes to make it through a level.  Something blossomed this time around, and she made it through on one try.  Her excitement over her progress made my heart sing. Summer is abundant here.  Life is a happy hum!

Jul 29, 2011

What's B E T T E R than a long weekend?

The Tuesday after, of course!  I've been waiting for registration day oh-so-patiently (not!) and on Tuesday 9 am MST it will be here!!!!

Registration for what?  The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals of course! We are so excited about our new venues, great classes and packed marketplace!!!!  What could be better than all your favourite scrappy things in one place???  Calgary's carnival is September 23-24, 2011 and Edmonton's is October 1-2, 2011. Have your registration finger ready, because the crops sell out within the hour, and many of the classes do as well.  The place you need to go for more info and to register is right here: The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival

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And on a final note:
What could make a long weekend better? Knowing that there is a scrappy sale going on!  My favourite online store, Scrapbooking Fanatics, is making room for the incoming goodness from CHA and is doing it with style!
Here is what the sale is about:

Check out the following discounts!

20% on adhesive
30% on albums, mini albums & magazines
25% on all* other items!!
*sales exclude previously discounted items, special orders and die cut machines

The sale will be from July 29, 2011 until midnight, August 2, 2011.

When shopping online, discounts will be taken after check out. You will be notified of your adjusted total.Items shown on the website are not guaranteed to be in stock & available.

I bring you good news, no? Have a safe and happy long weekend everyone!

Jul 7, 2011

Happiness for EVERY Wednesday!

This lovely prize pack from Graphic 45 and Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine could be yours!!!  Just head on over to Canadian Scrapbooker's facebook page, scroll down to the post announcing this prize package and add your comment... it's that easy!  You have until this Friday to enter. Hooray for "WHY NOT WIN WEDNESDAY"!!!!!

Jul 4, 2011

HOW can she be 8?????

Turning 8 and finished with second grade.... hard for this Mom to wrap her head around.  Funny how the passage of time unravels your memory.  All the day-to-day Avery-ness evolves so slowly that it seems hard to remember her any other way than how she is right now.  I catch my breath sometimes and wonder 'When did that happen?' 'When did that change?'  I miss reading bedtime stories to her; she wants to read them to herself.  I embarrass her when I forget myself and use nicknames from further back in her childhood, like "Baby Bear".  She will tolerate "Bear", for now.  She is a perplexing mix of noise and shyness, especially when she first meets someone.  She loves to put on a show, but is uncomfortable with being the centre of attention unexpectedly.  She feels things very deeply, but rarely says a word about what troubles her.  When she finally does, it comes racing out willy nilly.  Sometimes she wants help to deal with her troubles, sometimes she just wants to be heard and it is always a trick for this momma to figure out in an instant which one it is this time. She is deeply loyal and has a hard time when friendships change.  She is bright, but likes to rush through her work and sacrifice attention to detail and neatness for speed.  She is amazing. 

Her face and body have changed so much this past year with the introduction of glasses, ever changing gaps and she has become taller, leaner and elbowier.  I love that she loves how she is changing, that awkward phases just mean she is growing up. I habitually find little photos and videos like this on the computer and they always make me smile!  There are dozens of them; she plays with different effects, conscripts all her friends into her productions and has some very lovely ongoing stories.

What a difference a year makes!  This is Avery on her 7th birthday:

And this is Avery now:

I will shed a tear on Wednesday when she is officially 8.  It all goes too fast.